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Shawn Klein

Lecturer
Faculty, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 4302
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Shawn E. Klein specializes in ethics, popular culture, and the philosophy of sport. He is the editor of several books including Defining Sport: Conceptions and Borderlines (Lexington, 2016) Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those Who Think Different (Open Court, 2015), and Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (Open Court, 2004). He is the general editor of Studies in the Philosophy of Sport, a book series from Lexington Books. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief for Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies. He has presented at numerous conferences on sports ethics, business ethics, pop culture and philosophy, and other topics. Dr. Klein blogs and podcasts at SportsEthicist.com. He has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA TodayBoston Globe, Bloomberg News, CNN, and other media outlets. Originally from Massachusetts, he is a fan of all things Boston sports. He lives in Chandler, AZ with his wife, son, and several pets.

Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, Arizona State University, 2010

MA, Philosophy, Arizona State University, 2001

BA, English and American Literature, Tufts University, 1995

Research Interests

Philosophy of Sport

Sports Ethics

Pop Culture and Philosophy

Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy

Publications

Articles:

“An Argument against Athletes as Political Role Models.” FairPlay, Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law. Volume 10, October 2017.

"Harry Potter and Humanity: Choices, Love, and Death.” Reason Papers. Volume 34, no. 1, June 2012.

Book Reviews:

Review of The Ethics of Sports: Essential Readings, edited by Arthur L. Caplan and Brendan Parent; Oxford University Press, 2017. Nordic Sport Science Forum, September 6, 2017. http://idrottsforum.org/klesha_caplan-parent170906/

Review of The Fantasy Sport Industry: Games within games by Andrew C. Billings and Brody J. Ruihley. Nordic Sport Science Forum. October 3, 2014. http://idrottsforum.org/klesha_billings-ruihley141003/

Books:

Shawn E. Klein, editor. Defining Sport: Conceptions and Borderlines. (Lexington 2016).

Shawn E. Klein, editor. Steve Jobs and Philosophy. (Open Court 2015).

Shawn E. Klein and David Bagget, editors. Harry Potter and Philosophy. (Open Court 2004).

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 360Business & Professional Ethics
PHI 394Special Topics
PHI 493Honors Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 103Principles of Sound Reasoning
PHI 306Applied Ethics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 105Intro to Ethics
PHI 191First-Year Seminar
PHI 394Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PHI 101Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 191First-Year Seminar
Editorships
  • Co-Editor in Chief: Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies (2015 - Present)
  • Series Editor: Studies in Philosophy of Sport, Lexington Books (2015 - Present)
Professional Associations

American Philosophical Association International Association for the Philosophy of Sport

Service
  • International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, Central APA Organizer (2013 - Present)
  • American Association for the Philosophic Study of Society, Co-President (2011 - Present)
Expertise Areas